It was a fabulous weekend. Most years Pasolivo does an olive oil pressing. I’ve never managed to get up there for that due to work conflicts, but my brother has gone every year. That’s his photo on the top of the PRESS CLUB page with my sister-in-law on the pasolivo.com site. This event is open to Press Club members only and has a limited number of spots.
In the spring of 2011 there was a late frost and the central coast of California lost about 80% of olive production. Now you know why California oil has been kind of pricey this year. So, the event was re-imagined since it takes fewer olives to cure than to press oil. I will have to wait until 2012 to get the oil pressing experience. We did get to taste oil that had been pressed just days before, which is like nothing on this planet!
We were wined (house blend red from a nearby winery) and dined (local baker came in with a brick pizza oven on wheels) all day. The weather was spectacular. Once again here’s a link to the rest of my photos.
This is a small family owned farm using organic methods. Please support them. Buy some oil. Join the club. Maybe we’ll meet next December in Paso Robles! And here’s a recipe for the olives that are in the back of my refrigerator getting yummier by the day.